Meteoroids, Meteors, Meteor Showers and Meteorites
Inside Science) -- Meteoroids … meteors … meteor showers … meteorites. With so many similar names, it's easy to get them confused. They're all related to the flashes of light called "shooting stars" sometimes seen streaking across the sky. But the same object we see has different names, depending on where it is. We sort out all the space rocks and help you make sense of it all.